This is Nicaragua the country of volcanoes, surfing and paradise. Welcome to Nica will the locals say at the border towns! Nicaragua is located between Honduras and Costa Rica and borders both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The Capital of Nicaragua is Managua that is located near the Pacific Ocean between the two big lakes of Nicaragua. The currency they use in Nicaragua is the Córdobas with has a conversion rate of 21.00 to 1$ Dollar. An estimated population of about 5.5 million people live in Nicaragua which the most of them live in Leon, Managua and Granada. The people will speak Spanish and most of them English so don’t worry in getting lost, a little bit Spanish speaking is not a luxury.

Map of Nicaragua

Map of Nicaragua

Highlights to visit in Nicaragua

We can suggest a couple of places that are important to Nicaragua and as a travel destination. First the cities Granada and León, they are located not far from each other around Managua. They are both colonial towns that serve you great traditional food but you will also find the luxury that you have at home, most people are tourist minded and speak English. Second we can recommend you Isla de Ometepe. This is a big island consisting of two volcanoes in the middle of Lago Nicaragua, this is a really big lake! The nature is beautiful on the islands and around them, be sure to visit them when you travel to Nicaragua! Last but not least we tell you something about the beautiful tropical islands named Corn Islands. You can swim in crystal clear Caribbean water, drink coconut milk, enjoy the white sand beaches and the unspoiled nature of the islands. It’s a must visit if you are into beaching.

Surfing in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is known all over the world as one of the best surfing spots to go to. And this is easy to tell why, the coastline of the Pacific Ocean is long and has always good waves. This makes it good for beginners but also for pro surfers to enjoy the Nica surfing way of life. One of the best towns to learn or improve your skills is San Juan del Sur. This place is located near the Costa Rican border and has multiply beaches starting from beginners to pro surfing waves. San Juan del Sur is also totally surf minded so don’t mind in bringing your own surfboard you can just rent one and a ticket to the next beach for just 10$ Dollars a day. And when the surfing stops at the evening you just hit one of the many bars or clubs that are located in the town. The water is less clear because of the waves so trade your sunbathing clothes for your surfing outfit and hit San Juan del Sur!

National Parks & Protected Areas in Nicaragua

Did you know law protects 20% of Nicaragua? This means you can find national parks everywhere in Nicaragua. And also the beautiful unspoiled nature that comes with them. You will find wildlife from jungle to dry places in Nicaragua. The volcanoes make up for most mountains and give the country a adventures twist. The most famous national parks are; Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya, the volcano you can climb and is still active! Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor, a beach south of San Juan del Sur that is one of the best places to observe sea turtles nesting and hatching. Reserva Biologica Rio Indio Maiz, a tropical humid rainforest that is untouched by humans and still a little bit unexplored. And last the Reserva Natural Volcan Mombacho, a volcano near Granada that you can hike and cycle on.